Chief finalists to take part in Virtual Town Hall on June 23
The city of Aurora
wants to hear from residents and other community stakeholders on the four
finalists for the Chief of Police position, selected following a nationwide
search to lead the 924-person public safety agency. The finalists will be
in Aurora the week of June 22 to meet with members of the Aurora City
Council, the Aurora Police Department and the Aurora community. The city is
hosting a virtual town hall with the finalists at 7 p.m. Tuesday, June 23.
Community members are invited to join online at AuroraTV.org, on
Comcast 8/880 in Aurora or by phone to hear from the finalists and ask
their questions. Questions can be submitted in advance of the town hall at AuroraGov.org/PoliceChiefTownHall.
An online survey
will be available after the event for people to provide feedback on the
finalists’ qualifications, strengths and weaknesses. The survey will go
live at AuroraGov.org/PoliceChiefTownHall
and will be available for one week after the event.
The finalists are:
* Marcus Dudley
Jr., commander, Aurora Police Department
* Alexander D.
Jones, colonel and bureau chief, Baltimore County Police Department,
* Vanessa Wilson,
interim chief of police, Aurora Police Department
recommendation will be made by the city manager in July. That decision must
be confirmed by a vote of the Aurora City Council.
The city of Aurora
has been conducting a nationwide search for a new Chief of Police with the
help of Bob Murray & Associates following the retirement of Police
Chief Nick Metz in December 2019.
Animal Services Virtual Town Hall
Remember, Animal Services is hosting a Virtual Town Hall today,
June 18, from 5 to 6:30 p.m. to answer questions related to the
proposed revisions of Chapter 14 Animal Code, specifically dog
breed restrictions ordinance (pit bulls). Details in link.
For the latest on
COVID-19 and the city's response, as well as available resources for
businesses and residents, go to the city's information page at AuroraGov.org/COVID-19.
Economic Recovery Grant Program
The deadline is fast approaching for small to mid-sized businesses
and eligible nonprofits in Aurora to apply for financial assistance
from the city’s new $6 million Aurora Economic Recovery Grant
Program. Application process ends 11:59 p.m. June 22.
At a special
meeting June 15 called by Mayor Mike Coffman, the Aurora City Council
appointed 13 people to serve on the Community Police Task Force—12 voting
members and one non-voting ex-officio member. One additional voting member
will be appointed by the City Council at their meeting on June 22, bringing
the total task force number to 14. The task force will now evaluate,
discuss and develop recommendations to improve effective and transparent
communication between the Aurora Police Department and the community,
including a potential resident-involved/resident-based review process of
critical police incidents, operations, practices and procedures.
More than 50
applications were received from residents interested in serving on the task
force, following an initial call for applications in February. The
finalization of the task force was delayed by the effects of the
Those selected to
serve on the task force are a mix of representatives from key community
organizations, as well as individual appointments:
representing Aurora Public Schools
representing the Aurora Key Community Response Team
representing the Aurora Community of Faith
representing the Aurora Chapter of NAACP
representing Cherry Creek Public Schools
Also appointed was
a non-voting Ex Officio Member, Aurora Police Area Representative Virgil
The task force
will be facilitated by Dr. Ryan Ross, a well-known community advocate and
the Associate Vice Chancellor for student affairs, equity and inclusion for
the Colorado Community College System.
Police Task Force was commissioned by the Aurora City Council in February
under the leadership of Mayor Pro Tem Nicole Johnston following community
concerns around high-profile cases involving the Aurora Police Department.
Council members are
eager to hear from residents and committed to forums in which those
conversations can occur, but the format and structure of town meetings may
be affected by the COVID-19 crisis. Please visit AuroraGov.org/Council to check the latest information on meeting
City Council Regular
Monday, June 22,
View this meeting
online at AuroraTV.org and cable channels 8 and 880. You may also
listen to the meeting by phone (see AuroraGov.org for details). In advance of the meeting,
submit a comment for Public Invited To Be Heard or an individual agenda
item to firstname.lastname@example.org. Please indicate in your email whether you
want your comment read into the record at the meeting or simply forwarded
to mayor and City Council. Staff will read the first three minutes of any
comment into the record as requested. Comments will also be accepted in
advance of the meeting by phone by calling the City Clerk’s Office at
Animal Services will
be hosting a Virtual Town Hall to answer questions related to the proposed
revisions of Chapter 14 Animal Code, specifically dog breed restrictions
ordinance (pit bulls). Join at AuroraGov.org/AnimalOrdinance or by calling 720.650.7664 (access code 146
Mayor Mike Live
Friday, June 19, 3
Join Aurora Mayor
Mike Coffman on his weekly live stream of "Mayor Mike Live" on Facebook and AuroraTV.org. Mayor Mike will be answering
questions so get yours ready.
Chief of Police
Finalists Virtual Town Hall
Tuesday, June 23, 7
The city is hosting
a virtual town hall with the finalists for the Chief of Aurora Police
Department position. Community members are invited to join online at AuroraTV.org, on Comcast 8/880 in Aurora or by phone to
hear from the finalists and ask their questions. Questions can be submitted
in advance of the town hall at AuroraGov.org/PoliceChiefTownHall.
Aurora Mobile Food
Wednesday, June 24,
10 a.m. to until food has been distributed
In partnership with
Aurora Interfaith Community Services, the city of Aurora is distributing at
least 9,000 meals every week at various locations throughout the city.
Photo ID or proof of Aurora residency is required. All Aurora households
are eligible. Food for pets is also available, as well as emergency food
kits for those experiencing homelessness. For questions, call 720.557.6444
or visit AuroraGov.org/MobileFoodPantry.
Do you feel a little
shut off from the rest of the world during the Stay-at-Home order? Some
city programs have some great ways for you to stay connected.
·Aurora Dance Arts: On
its Facebook page, Aurora
Dance Arts is providing live online dance classes, with some of their
fabulous faculty teaching from home, dance tutorials and dance challenge
videos, and various other online resources for dancers and families.
·Aurora Public Library: The
library has daily storytime on Facebook,
ebooks, audiobooks and other remote-access tools, Learn at Home activities,
Do It Yourself projects, virtual field trips to museums, national parks,
etc., and more. Aurora Public Schools students can access most library
databases using their student ID number.
·Art in Public Places: The
city’s Art in Public Places program has a downloadable coloring book
featuring some of the most popular public arts in Aurora. Visit its Facebook page to
download your free copy.
·The People’s Building: Aurora's
newest cultural facility is creating a series of videos on its Facebook and Instagram titled
“Six Feet Apart,” which profiles some of the artists and performers who
will be showcased at the building once we return to healthier times.